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Old 09-13-2020, 02:25 PM   #1
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This year's garlic

I finally got to clean it..it has been picked for a few weeks and has been hanging in the garage...I put aside 120 cloves for planting and this is what I got for the pantry..

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Old 09-13-2020, 02:53 PM   #2
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Looks better than the stuff I see in the market!
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Old 09-13-2020, 04:11 PM   #3
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It is a whole different thing when you grow it yourself..Much more juicier and firmer...I had a few different types..one type just usually has two big cloves per plant..then I have a Polish Hardneck which is close to the stuff we buy in the supermarket...it all should last well into winter, but I usually run out by Feb or so..
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Old 09-13-2020, 04:16 PM   #4
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Looks great, Rocklobster! (You answered my question while I was posting, about variety).

I can't grow enough garlic to plant for the next season, and give myself enough to cook with. I just got my seed garlic yesterday - I got German Extra Hardy, Estonian Red, and Metechi, and I will plant some shallots this year. A little less than 2 months to planting time - will be here before I know it!
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Old 09-13-2020, 04:44 PM   #5
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Looks great, healthy and delicious!
Each year Im increasing the amount I grow to last me a full year.
My kids, having moved out, made it a bit easier , as I dont need as much. But still not cutting back cause its one of the easiest and most rewarding crops I row. I also love the element of surprise not knowing exactly what to expect until you dig them up.

Other than the overwatering/ Drainage issue I had this year ( which I hopefully corrected), its one of my more predictable crops.

Last year I had about 10 months worth, but as March and April crept in, the ones I had stored were starting to sprout, so Im not sure even if I grow enough for a full year, that it will last in storage.
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Old 09-14-2020, 01:36 AM   #6
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Looks better than the stuff I see in the market!
What Andy said, Roch. I'm so dissatisfied with store-bought garlic that I'm half-tempted to plant my own. I remember that my Mom had a row of garlic plants in one of her garden beds. Just a few bulbs worth, though, not a lot to store long.
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Old 09-14-2020, 06:37 AM   #7
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What Andy said, Roch. I'm so dissatisfied with store-bought garlic that I'm half-tempted to plant my own. I remember that my Mom had a row of garlic plants in one of her garden beds. Just a few bulbs worth, though, not a lot to store long.
It's pretty easy, other than the physical demands..it is hearty, grows like a weed, and easy to harvest...after having fresh garlic for a few years, I realize how old the supermarket stuff must be..mind you, mine will be old by xmas but I still get to enjoy the fresh stuff for the first few weeks...more moisture, sticky and stinky..a real treat to use...
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